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Hillary – So Pragmatic She Appeared to Have No Bedrock Principles

Posted by James Madison on November 10, 2016

Shortly after Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, a book by the name of Primary Colors was published. Written anonymously (the author was later revealed as reporter Joe Klein), it was a fictional treatment of the Clintons as Bill ran for president in 1992. The novel showed how the Clintons had descended from idealists active in the 1972 McGovern campaign to the pragmatic, tawdry, couple they came to be. In one revealing paragraph, the author captured the essence of the Clintons: “‘Libby, you said it yourself,’ Susan [the Hillary character] said coolly. ‘We were young. We didn’t know how the world worked. Now we know.'”

That was the image that plagued Hillary throughout the 2016 campaign. Everybody knew that she was so pragmatic that she appeared to have no bedrock principles. So when she announced she was switching from supporting the TPP trade treaty to opposing it, nobody believed her.

They certainly didn’t believe her in the Rust Belt. They were convinced that as soon as she was elected, she’d make some superficial changes and sign the TPP. That’s what cost her Wisconsin-Ohio-Michigan-Pennsylvania, and with them the election. When voters don’t believe what you’re saying about things that affect their livelihood, you get WOMPed.

Don’t be taken in by the fact that Hillary won the popular vote. She won big in states where Donald Trump didn’t campaign. In those states, she was still Secretary Clinton. Where Trump did campaign, she was Corrupt Hillary. If Trump had campaigned, Corrupt Hillary would have gotten far less votes than Secretary Clinton did.

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OUSD School Bond Measure S Supporters Pulling Down Signs & Spending Taxpayer Dollars

Posted by Chris Nguyen on November 3, 2016

Cross-posted to OC Daily.

After three failed attempts to pass a school bond in the last 13 years, supporters of a school bond in the Orange Unified School District have taken some rather creative steps to try to pass Measure S, a property tax increase $288,000,000 bond for four schools.

In their campaign to raise property taxes, Yes on S supporters apparently have no problem abusing tax dollars, disregarding private property rights, and disrespecting the First Amendment right to free speech of the opponents.

As Matt Cunningham reported yesterday on OC Daily, the Anaheim Union High School District appears to have used public resources for political activity, namely the campaign of Jose Moreno for Anaheim City Council.  The Orange Unified School District has more aggressively used public resources to promote Measure S.

Taxpayer-Funded Measure S Mailer

Spending $22,949.45 of taxpayer money under the guise of an informational flyer, OUSD mailed 77,000 copies of a mailer entitled, “Measure S Would Provide The Funding Needed To Repair & Upgrade Our Classrooms” that featured photos of smiling teenagers.  A true informational flyer would simply have been a plain text, black and white sheet of paper, not a colorful mailer reminiscent of campaign mailers.  Here is the mailer:

OUSD Measure S Mailer, September 10 OUSD Measure S Mailer, September 10
Click on the images above for the PDF of the mailer.

Under the “Important Information About Measure S” heading, OUSD notes that Measure S is a $288,000 bond (rather than the actual amount of $288,000,000).  When asked whether this was an attempt to mislead the voters or just incompetence while spending taxpayer dollars, the district went with the latter.

Click here to view the $22,949.45 OUSD purchase order and the invoice from Marketink in Los Angeles County.  Ironically, OUSD couldn’t find a printer in Orange County despite the Measure S campaign touting that the funds would remain local.  The invoice also shows the district paid 9% sales tax.  Had they used an Orange County printer, sales tax would have only been 8%, with 0.5% of the 8% going to Orange County’s Measure M2 transportation projects.

OC Daily’s Matt Cunningham previously reported about this mailer here

Yes on Measure S Display at Nohl Canyon Elementary School

Yes on Measure S Display at Nohl Canyon Elementary School

Yes on Measure S Tables on School Campuses

In a further use of public resources, pro-Measure S tables have been erected on school campuses.

The photo at right was taken in the Learning Center at Nohl Canyon Elementary School in Anaheim Hills during the school’s book fair.

A similar table was reportedly at Villa Park High School during Back-to-School Night, where people were jumping around in “Yes on S” T-Shirts and handing out stickers, signs, and other collateral.  They were also trying to coerce parents to “sign up” for the “Yes on S” campaign.

Apparently, the Measure S proponents are unfamiliar with the separation of taxpayer resources and political campaigns.

Sign Theft & Banner Destruction

If the use of taxpayer resources was not enough, the Yes on S side is disregarding property rights and actively censoring the No on S side.  Apparently, the Yes on S side didn’t pay attention to their American Government classes during the discussion on the First and Fifth Amendments.

Here’s a video of a “No on S” sign being pulled out of a front yard on East Cumberland Road in Orange. The video was taken from the surveillance camera of the homeowner whose sign was taken.  The individual taking the sign appears to be a government employee though the video is too far away to determine which jurisdiction the sign-taker works for.

Here are some photos of someone else stealing “No on S” signs from a business in Orange on Chapman Avenue.  Click on any of the thumbnails for a larger version of the photo.

Here’s a photo of a “No on S” banner that got slashed.  Apparently, civility is no longer taught in schools.  Click on the photo below to see a larger version of it.No on Measure S Banner Slashed

Polling Data Used for Bond Measure Placement

ONN Founders Jim Bearns and Joe MelloThe Greater Orange News Service reported that the OUSD Board used polling data to have one bond taxing the whole district for four schools rather than two bonds, each taxing half the district for two schools.

As an aside: the pro-union, often-innuendo-laden Greater Orange News Service is an anonymous blog covering OUSD that was founded by Yorba Academy of the Arts Middle School Teacher Joe Mello (who sits on the board of the Orange Unified Education Association, the OUSD teacher’s union) and Los Alamitos Unified School District Teacher Jim Bearns.  Mello and Bearns are pro-bond, but as residents of Long Beach, they won’t have to pay for the property tax increase imposed by Measure S.

Pay to Play In School Bond Measures in the OC

For those of you who missed Craig Alexander’s post on OC Political yesterday, Craig reported about a California Policy Center study that found:

  • Law firm Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd & Romo donated $12,000 to Yes on Measure S (the law firm’s web site highlights legal services regarding school facilities construction)
  • Architecture firm LPA donated $10,000 to Yes on Measure S

As of the September 29 campaign finance report, the Yes on S campaign had raised $151,525, with 90% coming from its 15 largest donors, led by:

  • Orange Unified Education Association (Union) $25,885
  • HED (Architects) $20,000
  • Balfour Beatty Construction $20,000
  • Ameresco (Solar Energy) $15,000
  • Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (Attorneys) $12,000
  • LPA (Architects) $10,000
  • Parker & Covert (Attorneys) $10,000

The remaining 10% included no fewer than 45 employees of the school district.

They’ve raised thousands of dollars since that campaign finance report, but OC Political/OC Daily has not yet examined their October campaign finance reports.

A decidedly grassroots effort, the No on S side raised a tiny fraction of that.  However, the grassroots defeated three well-funded bond measure efforts in the last 13 years.

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Pay to Play In School Bond Measures in the OC

Posted by Craig P. Alexander on November 2, 2016

Ever wonder who finances the campaigns to pass school bond measures in Orange County? A study performed by the California Policy Center of five school districts has shown that many of the same attorneys, construction contractors and design firms have contributed to the campaigns to pass these measures.  In Construction Firms Fund Orange County School Bond Campaigns CPC reviewed the funders of school districts in Anaheim, Orange, Ocean View, Brea and Fountain Valley school districts.  Of course this pay to play campaign contributions is not confined to these five districts.  In Capistrano Unified School District’s Measure M (the Billion Dollar Bond Tax), many of the same players have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the yes on M campaign.  Who is heading up the Yes campaign?  CUSD Trustee Gary Pritchard.

As the report found (partial quote):

“Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd & Romo (AALRR) is a law firm with eight offices across California. AALRR has donated $2000 to Anaheim Elementary School District’s bond measure, $12,000 to Orange Unified School District and $1000 to Fountain Valley School District. AALRR claims to represent nearly half the school districts in California and has previously represented both districts.

Bernards Builders Management Services is a general contractor located in San Fernando. Bernards has donated $2000 to Anaheim Elementary’s bond measure and $5000 to Brea-Olinda Unified School District’s measure. Bernards has worked with Brea-Olinda before on the Brea-Olinda High School and Olinda Elementary School. The subcontracted architecture firm for the Brea projects, LPA, has donated $10,000 this election cycle to Orange’s bond measure.”

These attorneys, contractors and others stand to make millions of taxpayer funded bond tax money if these measures pass.  The same is true of Proposition 51 – the $9 Billion school facilities bond tax before the voters next week.  The report notes:

“The California Building Industry Association has donated over $1,500,000 to Proposition 51, a statewide measure that would allow the state of California to issue $9 million in bonds for the State School Facilities Fund. The builders are the second-largest contributor in support of the proposition.”

 There are ten school bond measures on the November 8th ballot in Orange County alone.  If only a few pass, these firms stand to make millions on contracts to build these projects.  Not a bad return on their campaign contribution investments – at taxpayers’ expense.

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Shady, Deceptive Business Practices Dog Senate Candidate Josh Newman

Posted by Chris Nguyen on November 1, 2016

Josh Newman

Senate Candidate Josh Newman

Cross-Posted to OC Daily

To hear 29th State Senate District Candidate Josh Newman tell it, he’s the most misunderstood guy in the world.

A female apparel executive he hounded for dates while working in the San Francisco Mayor’s office apparently misunderstood him.

Tens of thousands of unwilling customers improperly charged on their phone bills with unwanted services by SendMe Inc., his high-tech cellphone ring-tone venture, apparently all misunderstood him.

He says more customers who found their privacy invaded during his tenure as an executive at RealNetworks also apparently misunderstood him.

And San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan must have misunderstood him when he accused Newman of misappropriating confidential police files and using them in a smear campaign against Jordan.

Is Josh Newman simply misunderstood?

  • A female San Francisco intimate apparel executive didn’t think so, after Newman openly admitted that he forged Mayor Jordan’s signature on the Mayor’s stationery in order to get a date with her while working for Jordan. An associate of the executive circulated the letter without her approval.
     
  • San Francisco Supervisor (and future Senator) Carole Migden didn’t think so, saying “Josh Newman has left a trail of bloodletting. The phones ring off the hook from allegations from him.”
     
  • The courts don’t think so. SendMe, Inc. was the defendant in one county-level and six federal lawsuits filed between 2008 and 2014 for so-called “cramming,” a deceptive billing practice of adding charges to customer’s phone bills without their authorization or knowledge. A $63-million settlement resulted. Newman was Senior Vice President of Business Development.
     
    RealNetworks was the subject of 15 county-level and over 55 federal lawsuits over copyright infringement and interference in customer licensing relationships over DVD movies and songs between 1999 and 2005, resulting in a $20-million settlement. Eventually RealNetworks was forced into involuntary bankruptcy proceedings. Newman was Director of Marketing.
     
  • Former San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan didn’t think so, accusing Newman of unethical behavior and possible theft after his resignation.  Jordan referred the matter to the San Francisco District Attorney for further investigation.

The public record suggests that Newman may not be misunderstood at all. Rather, he may have a self-destructive personality that makes him particularly unsuited to hold public office, especially in the California State Senate.

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Fiscal Responsibility and the Republican Brand

Posted by Brenda McCune on November 1, 2016

Recently, during an Orange County Central Committee meeting, the depletion of the Republican brand was emotionally decried by a board member opposing the endorsement of some PYLUSD School Board members.

The School Board challenger candidates,  Khan, Yezbak and Kingsbury, are running for the open seats currently held by Padget, Carmona and Downey.  They were seeking the endorsement of the OCGOP. At that September meeting of the OCGOP Central Committee, they were accused of supporting a recall effort against either some Yorba Linda City Council candidates or the current water board recall.  During the questioning, it was not entirely clear, nor was it established that they undertook some actual support of the recalls, it was simply vociferously and strenuously asserted and accused.  These candidates, all of them registered Republicans, have since withdrawn their request to be endorsed by the OCGOP.

The incumbents (Padget, Carmona and Downy) were elected, seated members of the PYLUSD school board when the bond expenditures were approved that funded multiple school improvements as well as the Performing Arts Center at El Dorado High School, and the Shappell Stadium at Yorba Linda High School.  At the OCGOP meeting in September, no mention was made of these usurious bonds.  None, not once was it raised.

All beautiful and seemingly worthwhile expenditures, new buildings, building improvements and technology, except that they weren’t. The initial cost of these improvements was about $22 million. In their infinite wisdom, these sitting school board members financed the improvements with bonds that had interest rates of about 23%. Once these buildings and the technology upgrades are all paid off, the overall cost to the citizens of Placentia and Yorba Linda will be well over $300 million.

$300 million, for $22 million in improvements. About 40 years to pay it all off. Fiscally responsible?

I wrote about these things in 2015, and apparently none of the GOP in Orange County were paying attention, because they seemed fully and completely unaware of it at their meeting in September.

https://the127activist.wordpress.com/category/propositions-and-ballot-issues/

The Central Committee member who was so offended by these school board challengers seeking an endorsement is also an elected official in Yorba Linda.  She railed against these challengers and accused them of damaging the Republican brand. There has been an ugly groundswell in Yorba Linda of using recall efforts to oust unruly politicians, the merit of them certainly debatable, but it was not established nor even asserted that these candidates had anything to do with the recent council or water board recall efforts. It was simply a question, viscerally and emotionally posited, and as such, suggested they had or might have signed the recall petitions.  They stated, repeatedly, that they did not recall.  It was not an evidentiary hearing, it was an informal question and answer period.  It seemed like an inquisition.

Personal vendettas have no place in local elections, and should not be part of the Republican brand. The pontification about branding of the party in that OCGOP meeting, never at any time, mentioned the serious fiscal issues of the PYLUSD board, or any real issues for that matter, only emoting about elections past and perceived alignments within the city.

Noteworthy, was the attendance at that meeting, by Eric Padget, Incumbent PYLUSD board member and registered Republican. His colleagues on the board who are also up for re-election, are not Republicans.
The OCGOP, on that evening, voted NOT to endorse the challengers, Khan, Calderon and Kingsbury. Neither Eric Padgett, nor his non-Republican cohorts, sought the timely endorsement of the OCGOP.  It was rumored that Mr. Padgett is not a regular at those Central Committee meetings and was probably there at the behest of the Yorba Linda City Council members who are also members of the Central Committee.

What then, is this “BRAND” that is so worthy of protection? If the Central Committee will sit idly by and do nothing in the face of such obvious and usurious abuse by sitting board members, that in and of itself is an “endorsement”.  40 year financing at 23 %, can not be argued in any context to be fiscally responsible.  That is without even getting to the discussion of the abomination that is Common Core, and the federal usurping of our local education system.

Conservatism, used to mean, fiscal responsibility as well as adhering to a concept of local control. No reasonable minds believe that financing technology and building improvements at 23% interest, while the budget and taxpayers are strapped with this debt for the next few generations, is “fiscal responsibility”.

If by protecting the “brand” the committee members meant that they publicizing their ability to exact vengeance upon people who might have disagreed with them in elections past, then, by all means, that “brand” was communicated and is now understood. It is not who we used to be, or historically have bene as Republicans, that is Clinton-cartel style politics.
Let’s hope it does not proliferate in our party and our county.
Here is the story as it was carried by the OC Register when the financial abuse in the PYLUSD was first widely exposed. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bonds-496091-school-bank.html

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During Homeless Crisis, Councilwoman Michele Martinez Charged Taxpayers for European Junket, Trip to Vegas, and $3000 Per Hour Phantom Meetings

Posted by Brenda McCune on October 28, 2016

Is Michele Martinez traveling again? Maybe she went golfing?

Is Michele Martinez traveling again? Maybe she went golfing?

While the City of Santa Ana was experiencing a “public health and safety homeless crisis,” Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez was charging taxpayers for stays in five-star hotels in London and Milan, a party in Las Vegas, and dubious per diem payments for phantom meetings of the city’s housing authority.

A review of expense reports, travel records, and emails shows a shocking pattern of Michele Martinez living large at the public’s expense, raising questions whether the Councilwoman has violated government travel policies, state disclosure rules or state ethics laws.
This July, as local law enforcement agencies were training judges and courthouse staff how to safely navigate downtown Santa Ana, Councilwoman Michele Martinez was checking in to London’s five-star Mondrian Hotel, rated the third best bar in the world.
$53,340 Trip to London and Milan
Martinez’s three nights in London were followed by three nights in Milan at NH Collection Milano President Hotel. The estimated cost to taxpayers for Martinez’s flights, hotels, and meals was $4,500.
 
It’s just one of the many perks Martinez has received as Santa Ana’s representative on regional boards and commissions. Organized by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), a multi-governmental agency tasked with solving regional issues, the summer trip to Europe cost taxpayers $53,340.
 
The European junket appears to have violated SCAG’s own travel policies. According to a May 5, 2016 report from SCAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata, “Per SCAG Travel Policy, foreign travel requires Regional Council approval.” However, a review of meeting minutes shows no evidence that the trip was approved by the Regional Council.
 
But London and Milan weren’t Martinez’s only taxpayer-funded trips in 2016. As a member of the Metropolitan Water District Board, Councilwoman Michele Martinez arranged two taxpayer-funded junkets, including one to Las Vegas.
 
$15,551 Trip to Las Vegas
Travel records obtained from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California show Martinez arranged a taxpayer-funded trip for herself and nearly two dozen friends at a $15,551 cost to taxpayers. The previous year, Martinez arranged a trip for 32 people to tour the state water project at a $26,059 cost to taxpayers.
 
“I am certain the pairs I choose will be good roommates,” Martinez wrote in one email to water agency staff. “The good news is that I know almost everyone attending but one person.”
 
Martinez micro-managed every detail of the trip – right down to the snacks, which included “M&Ms, Snickers and Cookies.”
 
Although Martinez found time to pick out snacks on her taxpayer-funded trips, she couldn’t find time to attend the Metropolitan Water District’s meetings.
 
As Santa Ana’s representative on the regional water board, Michele Martinez skipped 35 meetings, including 14 meetings of the district’s important Finance Committee. Martinez showed up on-time for just a single meeting of the Water Planning and Stewardship meeting, which is responsible for drought planning and conservation. After months of absences and tardiness, Martinez’s colleagues voted to remove her from that Committee after serving for less than a year.
 
$3,000 Per Hour at Phantom Meetings
 
Santa Ana City Councilmembers, who are seeking a 700 percent raise next month, earn $125 per council meeting, health benefits, and a $500 monthly car allowance. Yet, Martinez and her colleagues on the city council have also found creative ways to boost their salaries with phantom housing authority meetings.
 
Michele Martinez and her colleagues have collected an additional $50 in per diem payments from the city’s Housing Authority. Most meetings have lasted less than 2 minutes.  Some meetings lasted less than 30 seconds – providing councilmembers with the equivalent of $3,000 per hour for their work.
 
This year, the City of Santa Ana’s Housing Authority has met for 15 minutes – not per meeting, that’s the total time for the first 10 meetings of 2016. In the past six years, Michele Martinez has spent 3 hours and 40 minutes participating in Santa Ana Housing Authority meetings. That’s the cumulative total of meetings that Martinez has attended over the past 6 years. 
 
Less than 4 hours. That’s how much time Martinez has spent on housing in the past 6 years. Since 2011, Martinez has attended 56 Santa Ana Housing Authority meetings that lasted 2 minutes or less. Only 6 meetings lasted more than 5 minutes. Martinez was absent from another 13 meetings. 
 
At these phantom meetings, councilmembers have ignored the Housing Authority’s charter of finding solutions to the city’s affordable housing crisis. “We need to figure out how we permanently house people,” Martinez told the Orange County Register. Maybe she should have taken time to review her city’s annual housing plan.
  • In 2011, the Santa Ana Housing Authority approved the annual housing plan at a 1-minute-long meeting.
  • In 2012, the Santa Ana Housing Authority approved the annual housing plan at a 1-minute-long meeting.
  • In 2013, the Santa Ana Housing Authority approved the annual housing plan at a 1-minute-long meeting.
  • In 2014, the Santa Ana Housing Authority approved its annual report in low income housing at a 1-minute-long meeting.
  • In 2015, the Santa Ana Housing Authority approved its 5-Year Housing Plan at a 1-minute-long meeting.
  • In 2016, Martinez was absent at the meeting, where the Santa Ana Housing Authority reviewed its annual housing plan.
European junkets. Parties in Vegas. $3,000 per hour for phantom meetings. All billed to the taxpayer. Perhaps Michele Martinez is right about one thing: “We have a priority problem,” she told the Voice of OC

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Free Voter Guides Available at Robynnordell.com

Posted by Craig P. Alexander on October 21, 2016

Are you looking for voter recommendations from people that do not get paid from politics (i.e. consultants and slate cards)?

Are you looking for voter recommendations from people that do not accept money to give a proposition, a ballot measure or a candidate the thumbs up (or down)?

Are you looking for advice on national, state wide and local races that include all of the state wide and local ballot propositions / measures?

Then you should go over to Robyn Nordell’s web site for Voter Recommendations from Robyn and some of her friends like myself.

Her general web site is: Robyn Nordell.

Her Orange County page is: Robyn Nordell Orange County.

Finally my favorite page at her site is Craig’s Pics my voter recommendations which Robyn kindly allows to be published there.

She also has information on some other counties in California.

Who is Robyn Nordell?  She is an Orange County homeschool mother and advocate, a pastor’s wife, a tireless advocate for open and transparent government, a social and fiscal conservative and one of the most talented, honest, brightest and kind persons I know.  Robyn does not get paid one penny for her work in researching candidates and ballot propositions / measures, putting together her voter recommendations and publishing them on her web site.  Plus she is gracious to publish others voter recommendation lists (like my own) even when we make recommendations different from her own. She is a Patriot!

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Live from OC GOP Endorsements Committee: Round 4

Posted by Chris Nguyen on October 12, 2016

wpid-ocgop-logo-1_400x400.jpgWe are live from the OC GOP Endorsements Committee, who will make recommendations to the full Central Committee for endorsements on October 17.  Endorsements Committee Members present are:

  • Chair TJ Fuentes
  • Peggy Huang
  • Baron Night
  • Mary Young
  • Jeff Matthews (delayed in traffic)

Endorsements Committee Members Thomas Gordon and Jeff Lalloway are not present.

On tonight’s docket are:

  • Brea City Council
    • Marty Simonoff (incumbent)
  • Fountain Valley City Council
    • Patrick Tucker
  • Garden Grove City Council, District 5
    • Stephanie Klopfenstein
  • Brea City Treasurer
    • Richard Rios
  • Ocean View School District
    • Patricia Singer
  • Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
    • Eric Padget
  • Santa Margarita Water District
    • Charles Gibson (incumbent)
  • Costa Mesa Sanitary District
    • Gary Monahan
    • Jim Fitzpatrick

First up is Brea City Council.

Marty Simonoff has been on the Council for 20 years, having been first elected in 1996 after moving to the city in 1981.  He says Brea was one of the first to require employees to pay into their pensions and that Brea has kept pay down. Simonoff attacks the former city manager’s use of community facility districts (Mello-Roos) as an end-run around Prop 13. Simonoff is a retired police captain and says that informs his perspective in remembering that his actions have significant impacts on the lives of others.

Baron Night asks about his involvement in the Brea downtown.

Simonoff says that was all done (including redevelopment and eminent domain) by the time he was elected.

Night asks how he would have voted had he been on the Council at the time.

Simonoff points to having only voted for eminent domain for a water tower where the owner cooperated.

Matthews arrives.

Peggy Huang asks about Brea’s pension liability.

Simonoff says it is $81 million. He speaks of $6 million being set aside for this. He is looking to put other funds in upcoming budgets.

Mary Young moves and Night seconds to recommend Simonoff for endorsement.

SIMONOFF RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT 5-0-2 FOR BREA CITY COUNCIL (Gordon and Lalloway absent).

Next up is Fountain Valley City Council.

Patrick Tucker says he is a conservative who opposes tax increases and supports property rights, but he then speaks of his opposition to electronic billboards. He believes in the sanctity of life. He has run for city council before when he was endorsed by the Orange County Register. He is endorsed by the Lincoln Club, Fountain Valley Councilman Mark McCurdy, and Huntington Beach Councilman Erik Peterson.

Night asks Tucker about wanting to increase city hall hours and how he will pay for it.

Tucker suggests changing the city to 10/80 instead of 9/80 should have minimal cost changes.

Night asks about the sales tax increase.

Tucker is opposed to the sales tax increase.

Huang asks about whether Tucker would consider changing fire providers.

Tucker gives a lengthy answer describing the importance of keeping costs under control. He speaks of doing a study to determine if it makes sense to retain FVFD, switch to OCFA, or switch to HBFD. He lists various items that would need to be in the study.

Fuentes ask Tucker why he should be endorsed over the incumbent Republicans.

Tucker blasts the incumbents for putting the sales tax increase on the ballot. He is concerned about pension liability increases. He rattles off lots of numbers about Fountain Valley’s budget.

A lengthy discussion ensues about the 5 Republican incumbents voting 4-1 to put the sales tax increase on the ballot.

Night moves and Young seconds recommending Tucker for endorsement.

Matthews asks if the fact that Republican incumbent Cheryl Brothers supports the tax increase and did not apply for the endorsement as enough grounds to recommend endorsing her opponent.

Night and Young do feel that is sufficient. Night points out that there is a strong likelihood that Brothers has a flawed record, considering she didn’t seek the endorsement.

The committee is displeased that it appears endorsed incumbent Steve Nagel is campaigning for the sales tax increase instead of his actual answer to the Endorsements Committee of supporting it going on the ballot but not personally supporting it.

The motion to recommend Tucker fails on a 2-3-2 vote (Night and Young for the motion, Gordon and Lalloway absent).

Fuentes moves and Huang seconds recommending neutrality.

NEUTRALITY RECOMMENDED FOR TUCKER 5-0-2 (Gordon and Lalloway absent).

Stephanie Klopfenstein is a city commissioner, neighborhood association board member, and downtown business association board member. She is a volunteer at CHOC. Her family has lived in Garden Grove since the 1800s. She is concerned about public safety, homelessness, the budget deficit, and economic development.

Klopfenstein is the only Republican running for District 5.

Night asks Klopfenstein why she wrote that she is somewhat undecided on pension reform in the OC GOP questionnaire.

Klopfenstein says she opposes eliminating existing pensions because employees should have retirement plans. She says she is generally unfamiliar with public pensions.

Night advises her to study more about pensions.

Night asks about her stance on marijuana.

Klopfenstein opposes marijuana legalization and argues Mayor Bao Nguyen is just supporting it to further his own political career.

Huang asks about how she plans to fund public safety in light of the $4 million budget deficit.

Klopfenstein wants to attract more business and tourism to increase revenues. She points to the Harbor corridor in Garden Grove near Disneyland. She speaks of two specific projects that would generate enough revenue to not only wipe out the deficit but also grow revenue to hire more police.

Huang advises that she should study more about pensions.

Matthews moves and Fuentes seconds to recommend Klopfenstein for endorsement.

Night asks about her endorsement by the Garden Grove fire union.

Klopfenstein speaks of being close to Scott Weimar of the fire union. She says Janet Nguyen, who endorsed her, was also endorsed by the fire union. She states she has accepted campaign contributions from the fire union.

Night moves to recommend neutrality. He expresses concern that she is new to politics and unfamiliar with pensions, considering the role of the fire union in pensions.

Matthews is concerned that she signed the no-union-money pledge.

Huang is concerned an endorsement recommendation would be inconsistent with Central Committee directives.

NEUTRALITY RECOMMENDED FOR GARDEN GROVE CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 5 BY A 5-0-2 VOTE (Gordon and Lalloway absent).

Night departs.

Next up is Brea City Treasurer.

Richard Rios is the incumbent. He speaks of his long record of conservative activism. He speaks of his record on city finances. He speaks of his career. He is worried about the explosion of government spending.

Huang asks about the Placentia embezzlement issue and what reforms he has pursued.

Rios says the Brea City Charter limits the Treasurer’s powers. He can only recommend investment changes to the City Council. He does oversee investments to ensure the safety of the city’s investment pool. He is advocating that the Treasurer’s office be involved in the budget process because it would create a better plan for investing for the long term if he is involved in the budget planning. He notes his opponent also supports that. He says his opponent is experienced primarily in Real Estate Investment Trusts, which are not suitable for city investments while his own experience is more pertinent, being in stocks and bonds.

Matthews moves and Young seconds recommending Rios for endorsement for re-election.

RIOS RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR RE-ELECTION 4-0-3 (Gordon, Lalloway, and Night absent).

Next up is Ocean View School District.

Patricia Singer speaks of her conservative family. She is a wife, mother, and real estate agent who is active in the PTO. She says schools improve property values. She supports smaller class sizes. She supports the school bond. She says OVSD has never passed a bond before.

Young asks about the bond.

Singer argues that one bond is acceptable, not three or four like neighboring districts.

Matthews asks about alternatives to bonds.

Singer argued the asbestos issues ducked up all the facilities money that the bond would replace.

Matthews suggests getting a bank loan instead of a bond.

Singer says that was already done for one school, but it is not an option for the other 12 schools.

Huang asks Singer about the four unions endorsing her.

Singer confirms she is endorsed by the OC Labor Federation and other unions. She says she has not take union money.

Huang asks what solutions Singer would have if the bond fails like in 2012.

Singer says she would pursue greater cuts.

Huang asks why isn’t that the solution first.

Singer argues it is a last resort option because the district is in a dire position.

Fuentes asks about the endorsement by Democrat Gina Clayton-Tarvin.

Singer argues Clayton-Tarvin is a conservative Democrat (Editor’s Note: I’ve never heard anyone call Clayton-Tarvin a conservative before). She argues the two Republicans endorsed already are a liberal and someone who came out of nowhere.

Fuentes moves and Huang seconds to recommend neutrality.

NEUTRALITY RECOMMENDED FOR SINGER 4-0-3 (Gordon, Lalloway, and Night absent).

Next up is Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.

There are no applicants since Padget withdrew his application (three other Republicans withdrew their applications several weeks ago).

Next up is Santa Margarita Water District.

Incumbent Chuck Gibson speaks about his long record of Republican service, going back to his work for Republican LA City Councilmembers and Congressman Dan Lungren. Gibson got the water district to develop its first CAFR and hire its first CFO. He speaks of installing solar panels to save $500,000 per year for the water district.

Matthews moves and Fuentes seconds recommending Gibson for endorsement.

GIBSON RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR RE-ELECTION 4-0-3 (Gordon, Lalloway, and Night absent).

Last up is Costa Mesa Sanitary District.

Jim Fitzpatrick is running with Gary Monahan (who is absent because he is working at Skosh Monahan’s) and supports consolidating Costa Mesa Sanitary District with the Mesa Water District, having pushed for it since 2011. He has been the Chairman of Costa Mesa Planning Commission. He says the 28-year incumbents are backed by big labor and support the team of candidates for Council that is running against the OC GOP-endorsed Council team.

Matthews moves and Young seconds recommending Monahan and Fitzpatrick for endorsement.

MONAHAN AND FITZPATRICK RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT 4-0-3 (Gordon, Lalloway, and Night absent).

Meeting adjourned.

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Live from OC GOP Central Committee: Endorsements Round 3

Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 19, 2016

wpid-ocgop-logo-1_400x400.jpgWe’re live from OC GOP Central Committee where the third round of endorsements are being considered.  The endorsements from the first two rounds are listed here.

In this third round, the contests were considered at the Endorsements Committee on Friday. They are listed below (those recommended by the Endorsements Committee are marked with an asterisk) and will be considered by the full Central Committee tonight:

City Council

Aliso Viejo (3 seats)

  • Bill Phillips*

Cypress (2 seats)

  • Rob Johnson*

Garden Grove, District 3

  • Clay Bock*

Huntington Beach (3 seats)

  • Edward Pinchiff*

Los Alamitos (2 seats)

  • Josh Wilson

Newport Beach City Council, District 2

  • Brad Avery

San Clemente (2 seats)

  • Steven Swartz*

San Juan Capistrano, District 5

  • Brian Maryott
  • Ronda Mottl

Santa Ana, Ward 3

  • Josh Mauras*

Villa Park (2 seats)

  • Vincent Rossini*

Mayor

Westminster

  • Tri Ta*

Treasurer

Brea

  • George Ullrich*

Placentia

  • Kevin Larson
  • Scott Nelson

School Districts

Irvine Unified School District (3 seats)

  • Mark Newgent*

Ocean View School District (2 seats)

  • Kathryn Gonzalez*
  • Norm Westwell*

Placentia-­Yorba Linda Unified School District (3 seats)

  • Susi Khan
  • Helen Kingsbury
  • Irene Yezbak

Water Districts

Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 7

  • Evan Chaffee*

Orange County Water District, Division 3

  • Roger Yoh

Yorba Linda Water District, Recall Replacement Candidates (2 seats)

  • Eileen Barme*
  • Robert Wren*

Community College Districts

Coast Community College District, Trustee Area 2

  • Vong Nguyen

Meeting

Guest speakers tonight are Assemblymen Matt Harper and Bill Brough, followed by Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley.

Harper and Brough spoke of conservative victories in the liberal-dominated Legislature. They also spoke of the importance of winning swing seats, local races, and ballot measures.

Kelley speaks of the conflicts between the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigns. He shows a trailer of a documentary about his office that will air on PBS Independent Lens. He discusses voter turnout by party in the primary. He discusses the growth of Vote-by-Mail ballots and the size of this year’s ballot. He notes same-day registration will be in place by the 2018 primary though late registrants must appear at the Registrar’s office. He describes the Vote Center model proposed by SB 450, which is sitting on the Governor’s desk. He notes AB 1461, which makes motor voter an opt-out system rather than opt-in. He notes Orange County has more voters than 18 states, including Iowa and New Hampshire. In Orange County, women turn out more than men. Anaheim, Irvine, and Huntington Beach have the most registered voters. Villa Park and Laguna Woods have the highest voter turnout while Santa Ana and Stanton are the lowest. Ballots are required to be translated into eight languages other than English, four by federal law and four more by state law. He speaks of online voter registration. 70% of new registrations are online. Serial numbers and barcodes prevent duplicate vote-by-mail ballots from being counted.

In response to a question from Gene Hernandez, Kelley explains the federal threshold to require additional language ballots is 10,000 registrants.

In response to a question from Baron Night, Kelley explains electronic rolls at vote centers will replace paper rolls at polling places to prevent duplicate voting.

In response to a question from Tim Whitacre, Kelley explains Lou Correa’s bill allowing stray marks, drawings, etc. to be counted. He also explains ballot challenges.

The Volunteer of the Month is former Orange Coast College student and new Cal State Fullerton student Chris Boyle. Presenting certificates are Assemblyman Matt Harper, Rhonda Rohrabacher on behalf of her husband, and Tim Whitacre on behalf of Supervisors Michelle Steel and Andrew Do. Josh Recalde presented an Officer of the Year Award to Boyle on behalf of the Orange Coast College Republicans.

We’ve now reached endorsements at 8:12 PM.

Fuentes delivered the report of the Endorsements Committee.

The entire list is a consent calendar. The following people pulled for separate discussion:

Based on heavy discussion by Central Committee members, Chairman Fred Whitaker pulls:

  • Huntington Beach City Council
  • San Juan Capistrano City Council, District 5
  • Brea City Treasurer
  • Placentia – Yorba Linda Unified School District

Dennis White pulls

  • Yorba Linda Water District

Brett Barbre pulls

  • Orange County Water District, Division 3

The consent calendar passes unanimously with Kermit Marsh choosing to recuse himself on Ocean View School District candidate Norm Westwell, as Westwell is a client of Marsh’s law firm.

Due to a technical glitch, Huntington Beach will be added later to the liveblog. However, the vote was 11 to endorse Pinchiff, 25 opposed.

Tim Whitacre moves and Deborah Pauly seconds to remain neutral on San Juan Capistrano City Council, District 5. The motion passes unanimously.

Brea City Treasurer is continued to the next meeting. Incumbent Rick Rios had made a timely request for an endorsement but was missed due to an OC GOP email glitch.

Irene Yezbak speaks of her roots in the Yorba Linda community and her leadership of Faithful Christian Servants. She raises various education items she oposses: permission slips to say the Pledge of Allegiance, students dissecting aborted fetus brains, students at camp sleeping in the same bunk beds with transgendered students, and the invasion of privacy from the California Healthy Kids Survey.

Susi Khan speaks of her father’s service in World War II. She speaks of her lifelong Republican volunteerism. She speaks of her leadership of Faithful Christian Servants. She gives various examples of inappropriate questions on the California Healthy Kids Survey. She blasts unfunded mandates, which is causing “bond-a-palooza” in Orange County. She wants teachers to teach, not just follow scripts.

Helen Kingsbury speaks of being a lifelong Republican. She speaks of Common Core in her son’s homework. She asked questions and got no answers from her principal or the school district. She argues for local control and opposes federal control of education. She wants parental voices to be heard in the school district.

Peggy Huang asks the candidates about the 2014 city council recall and the 2016 water board recall. She notes all the recall targets are Republicans.

Yezbak says the water board recall is about higher rates. She says she did not sign the city council recall petition.

Khan says she did not remember if she signed the city council recall petition. She says the voters should decide. She attacks about increase water rates, but she did say she previously vote for a special water assessment on herself.

Kingsbury says she signed both petitions. She says she wants to bridge the gap between voices of the party. She says everyone can come together on education.

Jennifer Beall asks what percentage of the PYLUSD budget is salaries and benefits.

Yezbak does not specify a specific percentage but says much of the money goes to that. When pressed by Beall, Yezbak does not know.

Khan does not know either.

Deborah Pauly asks about the school bond in PYLUSD.

Yezbak says the incumbents used taxpayer dollars to determine messaging for the bond, referencing the Orange County Register expose on the bond. She notes PYLUSD has some of the highest bond debt in California.

Khan notes the $22 million bond will cost $281 million with interest.

Rhonda Rohrabacher expresses shock about the incumbents supporting the bonds.

Alexandria Coronado asks the candidates if they signed the recall against the city council in 2014.

Khan says she does not remember.

Yezbak says she is not sure.

Kingsbury says she probably did but is unsure.

Tony Beall asks a follow up to clarify whether the candidates’ answers tonight are consistent with the answers at Endorsements Committee.

Fuentes says they said they signed and gave reasons why they did.

Huang says she specifically asked that and Yezbak signed it because she opposed 12 developments in Yorba Linda, but Huang had to correct it to 2, no 12. Huang says Khan says she signed it but did not recall her vote. Huang says Kingsbury was unsure.

Mark McCurdy moves and Zonya Townsend seconds to endorse all three.

Dennis White says Ken Williams has endorsed the three candidates. He says this is a school issue. He did not oppose the party endorsing the water board candidates.

Huang says they have tried to recall Republican incumbents in good standing. She notes they tried to recall Republicans who had a deep respect for private property rights.

Whitaker announces that incumbent Eric Padget has applied for the endorsement.

Jennifer Beall moves and Alexandria Coronado seconds to continue the item to October.

Beall argues that this should be continued. She points to the example of Brea City Treasurer earlier tonight. She speaks of the candidates needing to do more research.

Gordon argues about fiscal issues. He argues against water rate increases. He says the focus should be on the school board.

21 are in favor of continuing while 16 oppose continuing PYLUSD to October. PYLUSD is continued to October.

Roger Yoh speaks of his service on the Orange County Water District. He clarifies that he does not oppose desalination; he simply opposed the term sheet that was unfavorable. He mentions that Ling-Ling Chang is a longtime friend and speaks of partnering with her on state legislation. He says he is not a Yorba Linda resident, but he encouraged his colleagues to file an amicus brief on behalf of the YLWD in referendum litigation.

Whitaker notes La Palma Councilman Peter Kim filed an endorsement request for the same seat.

Fuentes asks Yoh about flipping his party registration from Republican to independent while considering a job at Caltrans in 2015.

Yoh states he was considering applying for Caltrans Deputy Director of External Affairs for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Dennis White asks if water rate increases are regressive and if costs should be cut first.

Yoh says OCWD is the wholesaler, and that OCWD groundwater is magnitudes cheaper than imported water or desalination.

Brett Barbre moves and Scott Peotter seconds to endorse.

Huang moves and Gordon seconds to continue to October for consistency in light of Kim’s application.

Huang argues for consistency to consider both candidates’ applications.

Peotter argues that October 17 is almost irrelevant for the election. He says there should be a deadline. He says stragglers should not control the timeline.

Gordon argues for consistency.

Barbre argues that this is different because there is an incumbent in good standing. He concurs with Peotter on October 17 being too late considering absentee ballots go out October 10.

18 vote in favor of continuing while 18 vote against continuing. The continuance fails.

Thomas Gordon moves and Tony Beall seconds for neutrality in Orange County Water District, Division 3.

A lengthy parliamentary discussion ensues.

In response to an inquiry from Erik Weigand, Fuentes explains the Endorsement Committee recommendation was because of Kim’s application, Yoh’s answers on desalination, and Yoh’s party switches.

Gordon argues for neutrality on the basis of Yoh’s registration, arguing that bosses don’t normally ask for registration changes, and on the basis on Kim’s application.

Barbre argues that Yoh is an incumbent in good standing with excellent technical and engineering skills. He argues water is a highly complex area.

Huang argues Yoh was not a Republican a year ago. She says protecting the brand is important. She argues she is a registered Republican working for the State Department of Justice. She expresses her concern that Yoh voted with the Democrats on desalination.

Peotter argues that Republican incumbents in good standing should be endorsed. He argues Yoh’s “brainfart” of becoming an independent should not be an impediment since Yoh was elected as a Republican and is currently a Republican. Yoh explains he has been a Republican since 1994 except for a several month stint from late 2015 to early 2016.

Fuentes asks if Yoh would have stayed independent if he got the job.

Yoh says he would have switched back to Republican.

17 vote for neutrality while 18 vote against neutrality.

The vote on an endorsement for Yoh fails, with 20 in favor and 17 against. The Yoh endorsement fails.

Brett Barbre moves and Thomas Gordon seconds to endorse Eileen Barme and Bob Wren for Yorba Linda Water District recall replacement.

Dennis White moves and Steve Sarkis seconds for neutrality.

White argues he did not oppose the committee endorsing the incumbents last month. He argues that the party endorsed Measure QQ to repeal the Stanton sales tax. He argues the water rate increase is regressive.

Barbre argues the party already took a unanimous vote against the recall. He argues Barme and Wren are the backup candidates for “No on the Recall.” He says recalls should be for malfeasance.

5 vote for neutrality while 26 vote against neutrality.

33 vote to endorse Barme and Wren while 3 vote against. Barme and Wren are endorsed.

9:48 PM: Endorsements Round 3 are complete. Round 4 will be taken up in a subsequent meeting.

9:53 PM: Meeting adjourned.

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Live from OC GOP Endorsements Committee: Round 3

Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 16, 2016

​​We are live from the OC GOP Endorsements Committee, who will make recommendations to the full Central Committee for endorsements on September 19. This is a Friday night meeting with the Endorsements Committee, OC GOP staff, various candidates, and yours truly.

Endorsements Committee Members present are:

  • Chair TJ Fuentes
  • Peggy Huang
  • Jeff Matthews
  • Baron Night
  • Thomas Gordon (delayed in traffic)

Endorsements Committee Members Jeff Lalloway and Mary Young are not present.

First up is Aliso Viejo.

Bill Phillips is an original member of the Aliso Viejo City Council and three-time mayor. His professional career involves master planned communities. He says he has a deep respect for property rights. He is running for re-election because the city is at a turning point with the town center.

Fuentes notes there are two Republicans and two Democrats running for three seats. Mike Munzing has already been endorsed for one of the three seats.

Night asks Phillips how he wants to finance the revitalization of the town center.

Phillips would like to upzone to be more permissive while also being fair and equitable to all.

Night asks Phillips about his revenue increase plan.

Phillips states the Sheriff’s contract is increasing in costs faster than city revenue is increasing. He wants to look at restructuring the Sheriff’s contract. He wants to see other development to bring in more taxpayers rather than raising taxes.

Huang asks about the plan on the restructure of the Sheriff’s contract.

Phillips suggests studying consolidating Sheriff’s positions across multiple cities.

Fuentes asks about the Capistrano Unified bond.

Phillips explains that he opposes it. He does not support a 30-year tax increase. He notes the lack of specificity from the school district. He argues the massive size of the bond would allow building numerous schools.

Fuentes moves and Night seconds recommending Phillips.

PHILLIPS RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT IN ALISO VIEJO 4-0-3 (Gordon, Lalloway, and Young absent).

Next up is Cypress City Council.

Rob Johnson is a first term Councilman. He was the only person endorsed by the OC GOP four years ago. He speaks of the city’s  $40 million balanced budget.

Gordon arrives.

Night jokes about the incorporation of the City of Cypress stopping Buena Park from reaching the ocean.

Huang asks how Cypress has managed to balance its budget without new taxes while its neighbors are proposing tax increases.

Johnson states Cypress keeps its budget balanced, funds core services, scrutinized salaries, and requires more pension payments from employees in labor negotiations.

Matthews asks how many Republicans are running.

Johnson says he is a Republican, the other incumbent seeking re-election is an independent, and the two challengers are Republicans who failed to get ballot statements.

Gordon asks why Johnson did not support shall-issue status for California.

Johnson explains he marked the wrong box. He says he is a gun owner and retired police officer.

Night moves and Fuentes seconds recommending Johnson for endorsement.

JOHNSON RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR CYPRESS 5-0-2 (Lalloway and Young absent).

Next up is Garden Grove City Council, District 3.

Clay Bock says he is running because Mayor Bao Nguyen has attempted to legalize marijuana dispensaries in the city. He speaks of organizing the grassroots to get a 3-2 vote from the City Council against an effort to put such a measure on the ballot. He is a former Garden Grove CRA Unit President. He says his district is 54% Asian, and his opponent is a Vietnamese Democrat.

Night asks why Bock did not sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Bock signs it in front of the committee.

Night asks about Bock supporting completing the incomplete Galleria project.

Bock explains it is now moot because it was purchased by a developer after he submitted his questionnaire. The developer is going to build a senior center. He supports the project provided no city funds are used for it.

Night asks about the homeless in Garden Grove and specifically an encampment.

Bock explains Garden Grove Police offer services, but many refuse. Bock notes the encampment is on private property behind an abandoned supermarket. He would support fencing it off though. He speaks of a jobs program that a Republican mayor in New Mexio implemented for the homeless.

Huang asks about Bock’s questionnaire mentioning a $3 million deficit.

Bock says that has increased to $4 million since he submitted his questionnaire. He notes the Great Wolf Lodge now brings in millions of dollars in revenue. He notes other resorts. He is not opposed to using Transient Occupancy Tax because it is better that something be built to bring in revenue than nothing be built with no new revenue. Bock adds on that he wants to drive out the 20ish marijuana dispensaries in the city because they bring violence, like armed robberies.

Night asks why there is a city deficit when there is a 17% TOT with many 4-star and 5-star hotels.

Bock says city staff told him 75% of the city budget goes to police and fire.

Night notes the hotels are generally full and charge high prices thanks to their proximity to Disneyland.

Gordon moves and Matthews seconds recommending Bock for endorsement since he is one Republican running against one Democrat.

BOCK RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR GARDEN GROVE, DISTRICT 3 BY A 5-0-2 VOTE (Lalloway and Young absent).

Next up is Huntington Beach City Council.

Edward Pinchiff is the Chairman of the Planning Commission. He previously ran for school board. He notes the Central Committee endorsed three Republicans for three seats and declined to endorse a fourth despite the Endorsements Committee recommending one. He notes he is the fifth Republican and would support neutrality or dual endorsing.

Night asks about the Poseidon desalination plant.

Pinchiff says he supports the contract if amended to increase the risk for Poseidon and decrease the risk to the ratepayers.

Night asks about why Pinchiff listed updating the General Plan as one of his priorities.

Pinchiff says the public should be more involved in the process by making it easier with packaging to better involve the public.

Huang asks about reducing business regulations, as noted in his questionnaire.

Pinchiff says the new Council majority has been moving in that direction. He wants to bring in business and development to increase city revenue without raising taxes. He says the regulatory framework should include the ability for applicants to get help when they hit a roadblock.

Huang asks about new and recent development in Huntington Beach.

Pinchiff says he supports bringing in new development. He says the city needs growth and development. He says the majority of the city opposes high-density but points out high-density means different things to different people and jokes high-density is any project someone opposes. He wants to bring in development and prevent no-growth initiatives.

Matthews asks about the General Plan and community involvement.

Pinchiff expresses concerns about the city council sometimes looking like they were going through the motions at public hearings on the General Plan.

Fuentes asks Pinchiff why he didn’t apply earlier.

Pinchiff says he got misdirection from elected officials and Central Committee members.

Night asks how many Republicans there are running.

OC GOP Executive Director Julian Babbitt states there are six Republicans for three seats. Three have been endorsed by the Central Committee, a fourth who was recommended by the Endorsements Committee but rejected by the Central Committee, and Pinchiff is the fifth.

Matthews moves and Night seconds recommending Pinchiff.

Fuentes says he opposes endorsing more candidates than seats. He wishes no one had been endorsed in Huntington Beach because there are so many good Republicans.

PINCHIFF RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR HUNTINGTON BEACH CITY COUNCIL 3-2-2 (Fuentes and Huang dissenting, Lalloway and Young absent)

Next up is Los Alamitos.

Josh Wilson is 30 years old. He worked for Assemblyman Todd Spitzer and now works in the financial services country. He now works at the largest credit union in Los Alamitos. He and his wife recently bought a business in Los Alamitos. He is on the board of a nonprofit. He is Chair of a city commission. He is a former Los Alamitos Chamber of Commerce President. He and his wife have a 2-year-old son, and his wife is pregnant. He wants to bring the perspective of young families. His priorities are public safety, traffic, and the Joint Forces Training Base.

Fuentes notes three Republicans are running for two seats. Incumbent Dean Grose has been endorsed. Incumbent Richard Murphy appears to not be seeing the endorsement.

Night asks about his involvement in Republican politics.

Wilson has attended meetings for the Log Cabin Republicans and the Orange County Young Republicans.

Night asks what significant issues are going on in Los Alamitos.

Wilson expresses concern about the effort to move City Hall to the Joint Forces Base. He argues it would cost $9 million, which would wipe out the reserve of the city.

Night asks if Wilson has been endorsed by Spitzer.

Wilson explains he has not sought many elected official endorsements because he is challenging two incumbents.

Huang asks about how he would raise revenue for Los Alamitos.

Wilson suggests commercial development and rezoning the industrial sector with commercial overlay.

Fuentes asks if the incumbents have done something terrible.

Wilson declines to speak negatively of his opponents.

Fuentes asks why he would challenge incumbents.

Wilson points out there was no election in 2014 because no challengers ran. He argues running helps keep incumbents accountable and encourages interaction with the community. He dislikes kingmakers saying when it is someone’s term.

Matthews supports term limits. He also supports challenging incumbents when there are no term limits. He doesn’t like having 4-term, 5-term incumbents.

Huang asks for an example of an issue where he is unhappy with the direction of the city council.

Wilson argues the Council lacks strong vision. He points to them hiring consultant after consultant without reaching a decision.

Fuentes moves for neutrality since the incumbents are not doing anything bad. Huang seconds.

Gordon argues Murphy has not sought an endorsement.

Gordon moves and Night seconds to recommend Wilson for endorsement.

Night argues the committee endorsement provides insight that the committee has vetted the candidates.

Gordon says it does not make sense to protect an incumbent who has opted not to apply for the endorsement. Gordon expresses concern about stagnation from Councilmembers who serve for decades.

Night calls for new blood.

Matthews notes this is an interesting discussion because it is unclear what to do when there is no application from an incumbent who appears to be in good standing.

Fuentes argues the OC GOP is supposed to register voters and turn out the vote.

The motion to recommend Wilson fails 2-3-2 (Gordon and Night in favor).

NEUTRALITY RECOMMENDED FOR THE SECOND SEAT IN LOS ALAMITOS (4-1-2).

Next up is Newport Beach City Council, District 2.

Brad Avery was a Democrat until becoming an independent last year and a Republican this year. He says he was always conservative. He speaks of not being a fan of unions after working for a school district as an administrator in the financial side. He says he helped get a candidate elected against a union-backed candidate for school board.

Night asks Avery about his answer on his position on Obamacare on the questionnaire.

Avery says he does not support repealing Obamacare. He says it is flawed but should be reformed, not repealed. He argues he wants to support as many people as possible with health insurance. He calls it a moral issue.

Night asks about Avery’s involvement in coastal groups and his opinion of the Coastal Commission.

Avery says the Coastal Commission is now difficult to follow. He argues about how hard it was just to build public school buildings in the Coastal Commission for his school district.

Huang asks about whether Avery wants universal health access or single-player insurnace.

Avery says he supports access due to cost and lack of providers. He calls it a moral imperative and that Obamacare is the lesser of two evils.

Huang asks if Avery would support the city providing clinics.

Avery would support it as a private-public partnership. He would want direct services but doesn’t want the city to pay for it. He suggests tax breaks or providing free/nominal cost space for the clinic. He points to the example of a school facility leased from the County for $1 per year.

Huang asks about Newport Beach’s debt.

Avery says he would cut spending. He supports the current council’s efforts. He points to outsourcing of trash services being completed successfully in Newport Beach.

Matthews asks who the other candidates are.

Avery says Shelley Henderson is a Republican but appears to be a phantom candidate. She has not shown up to candidate forums nor submitted a ballot statement.

Gordon asks about his stance on abortion.

Avery argues it is not relevant to a nonpartisan city council race. He says he is not in favor of abortion but wants it removed from the California Republican Party platform.

Gordon expresses concern that Avery recently became a Republican, supports Obamacare, and supports removing the pro-life plank from the California Republican Party platform.

Fuentes asks about Avery switching from Democrat to independent to Republican. 

Avery says the Democratic Party left him, pointing to fiscal policy and immigration. He says he switched from independent to Republican because it was not an illogical leap before running for council.

Night argues there are Republican alternative plans to Obamacare. He is unhappy with Avery’s position.

Night moves and Gordon seconds an unfavorable recommendation on Avery.

Fuentes moves and Gordon also seconds for neutrality.

NEUTRALITY RECOMMENDED FOR NEWPORT BEACH CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 2 BY A 5-0-2 VOTE (Lalloway and Young absent).

Next up is San Juan Capistrano, District 5.

Brian Maryott has three children and plans to live the rest of his life in San Juan Capistrano. He says there is a poisonous atmosphere on the council. He argues the city is attempting to run a water company with inadequate scale. He is worried about the impending city deficit. He is concerned about sober living homes. He expresses concern about traffic and mobility due to poor decisions by the Council. He says he is self-funding and spending a significant sum. He has 25 years of business experience. He worked in the Massachusetts State House for a legislator who chaired Ways and Means until moving to California 22 years ago.

Ronda Mottl graduated from Indiana University and interned for Dan Quayle. Her father was a Congressman. She interned for the RNC. She was Membership Chair of the OCYR. She worked for coupons.com. She noticed how her water bill is double the price it is in Newport Beach. She agrees that the Council atmosphere is like the Hatfields and McCoys. She has business experience. She opposes continued city operation of water. She opposes widening Ortega Highway.

Night asks about Mottl’s father.

Mottl says her father was a conservative Democrat.

Night asks her about switching from Republican to Democrat in 2008 because of the Great Recession and Sarah Palin’s inexperience. Night points to Palin having more experience than Obama.

Mottl argues Obama had more DC experience than Palin.

Night asks how each candidate could get to three votes in light of the divisive council.

Mottl argues that the Council needs to listen to both sides and make a judgement call, not just automatically vote with one faction on the Council. She expresses concern about city litigation.

Maryott points to his experience in the State House in building bridges between elected officials. He notes there are more than two factions on the Council. He thinks it was a bad decision to go to districts with little pushback. He thinks Councilmembers should listen, learn, and collaborate. He says Commissions are inadequately leveraged.

Huang asks Mottl what her solution to traffic is if she will not expand Ortega Highway.

Mottl wants an east-west arterial highway similar to Antonio in Ladera Ranch.

Maryott argues people need to be able to get to their destinations. He supports stretching the 241 to Cow Camp Rd. He argues only 0.8 miles of Ortega Highway needs to be expanded to match the other ends of that stretch of the highway.

Huang asks if the candidates would tax marijuana locally if Prop 64 passes.

Mottl opposes smoking marijuana in public. She opposes marijuana use in general. She supports a local marijuana tax.

Maryott opposes a local marijuana tax.

Night moves and Gordon seconds for neutrality.

Huang called this the most interesting set of applications with party switches. She is concerned that neither has been particularly involved with the party in the last decade.

NEUTRALITY RECOMMENDED FOR SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, DISTRICT 5 BY A 5-0-2 VOTE (Lalloway and Young absent).

Intermission

Next up is Santa Ana, Ward 3.

Josh Mauras is 32 years old with two small children. He is the sole Republican against six Democrats. He was Vice President of the California Republican Lawyers Association. He worked on the McCain campaign driving in the motorcade and on the campaign plane. He notes the frontrunner is former Assemblyman Jose Solorio. He says Solorio is doing it to help union contracts. He fears if the unions control the council, there are pro-union people on both sides of the table.

Night asks how Mauras would get three other votes as the sole Republican.

Mauras said he would look at each issue to cobble together.

There is discussion about whether Juve Dan Pinedo is a Republican.

Gordon moves and Night seconds to recommend Mauras.

MAURAS RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT 3-0-2-2 (Fuentes and Huang abstaining pending Pinedo, Lalloway and Young absent).

Next up is Villa Park City Council.

Vince Rossini is one of three candidates for Villa Park:two Republicans and one Democrat. Rossini worked on Republica. campaigns from Richard Riordan to Deborah Pauly. He is active in the law enforcement advisory committee in Villa Park. He says the city council has no clude on law enforcement in light of Prop 47 and AB 109.

Night notes that Deborah Pauly and Kermit Marsh’s signatures are on the same page.

Gordon moves and Matthews seconds recommending Rossini.

ROSSINI RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR VILLA PARK CITY COUNCIL 5-0-2 (Lalloway and Young absent).

Next up is Mayor of Westminster.

Tri Ta says he is pro-life and pro-Second Amendment. He is business friendly, proposing a business license holiday. He has been in Westminster CRA for a decade. He has supported Van Tran and other Republican politicians.

Night asks about Ta wanting to increase revenues and have more police.

Ta wants to streamline the business process and gives various examples.

Night asks about marijuana dispensaries and taxing marijuana.

Ta says he is neutral on taxing marijuana.

Gordon asks about him signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge after voting to put a sales tax increase on the ballot.

Ta says many people came to the city council meeting to demand a tax measure be put on the ballot. He says he personally opposes the tax increase but had to listen to the people’s right to vote. He says he did get a six year sunset into the measure.

Night is troubled by the sales tax increase vote but is glad he got a sunset.

Fuentes says they all agree that they oppose tax increases. He says they have endorsed people who did vote for tax increases (a reference to Fountain Valley Councilman Steve Nagel).

Fuentes moves and Matthews seconds recommending an endorsement of Ta.

TA RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR MAYOR OF WESTMINSTER 5-0-2 (Lalloway and Young absent).

Next up is Brea City Treasurer.

George Ullrich is a planning commissioner who got involved in the city after the Freeway Complex Fire. He has helped candidates like Ron Garcia and Ling-Ling Chang. He is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and pro-free market. He is running for treasurer because he believes his experience can help prevent a Placentia-style embezzlement. He wants to restore the Treasurer’s powers that were curbed over the past 15 years.

Night asks Ullrich how he will work with the City Council.

Ullrich says he has existing relationships with City Councilmembers through their campaigns. He says self-funding protects his independence.

Night asks about dealing with pension liability of the City.

Ullrich says the Treasurer is responsible for improving returns on the City investment portfolio.

Huang asks how the City Treasurer is related to school bond issuance since he listed it as one of his priorities in his questionnaire.

Ullrich says he would simply use his position to voice his opinion on school bonds.

Huang asks about his goal of seeking more authority for the City Treasurer.

Ullrich is endorsed by the two prior Treasurers. He wants to audit the processes used by the Treasurer.

Matthews asks how many candidates there are.

Ullrich says there are two: him and the newly-appointed incumbent Republican.

Fuentes asks what is wrong with the incumbent.

Ullrich says the City staff can’t reach the Treasurer and isn’t running much of a campaign.

Matthews moves and Gordon seconds recommending Ullrich for endorsement.

ULLRICH RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR BREA CITY TREASURER 4-1-2 (Fuentes dissenting, Lalloway and Young absent).

Next up is Placentia City Treasurer.

Scott Nelson was heard at a prior meeting.

Kevin Larson is the appointed incumbent. He is a 51-year resident of Placentia. He grew up there, went to school there, and his children go to school there. He has a master of finance. He is director of administrative services for the Diocese of Orange and was previously its controller. He has worked for the diocese for 15 years. He is a lifelong Republican who cast his first vote for Ronald Reagan. He says government is a necessary evil that should be kept to its bare necessities. He says the City Manager has relegated the City Treasurer to a figurehead position that gets a 7-page financial statement. He redid the City investment policy and improved the investment pool yield.

Night asks about safeguards to put in place to prevent the embezzlement from happening again.

Larson already got one new reform: he now has independent access to the accounts. It took multiple attempts to get that passed, but it was passed too late to catch the embezzlement.

Night asks about Larson’s efforts during the embezzlement.

Larson says he asked for independent access to the general ledger. By the time he got that access, it was March, and the embezzlement was discovered at the beginning of April.

Huang asks when he was appointed Treasurer. She also asks about his attempts for independent access he made.

Larson says he was appointed in December 2014. He started pushing for it in the second half of 2015.

Huang asks how he was not able to catch the embezzlement even without bank account access.

Larson says the Treasurer has traditionally only controlled the investment pool without involvement in the operational budget. He gained the reform to access the bank account. He says the bank reconciliations must be done.

Huang asks for examples of additional safeguards that he has added.

Larson gained adoption of digital tokens and an additional layer of approval for wire transfers.

Matthews asks about how the role of the City Treasurer is well defined.

Larson says it is actually vaguely defined with a single sentence in the charter that says the Treasurer is the custodian of all public funds.

Gordon asks if Larson had any direct oversight over the embezzling employee, Michael Nguyen (no relation to this blogger).

Larson says he did not. He says the City Manager prevented the Treasurer from having direct oversight.

Night asks how Scott Nelson voted on giving the Treasurer signature authority and access to the account.

Larson says Nelson opposed it twice.

Night moves and Huang seconds for neutrality because the voters need to sort out whether the Council or the Treasurer should be held accountable for the embezzlement.

NEUTRALITY RECOMMENDED FOR PLACENTIA CITY TREASURER 5-0-2  (Lalloway and Young absent).

Matthews departs.

Next up is Irvine Unified School District.

Mark Newgent served in the Army for 20 years. He is a father of children in IUSD schools. He is very concerned about the inadequacy of safety plans in IUSD schools.

Night asks if he is the only Republican.

Babbitt says there are three seats. The candidates are two Republicans, three Democrats, and one independent.

Night asks about Newgent’s approach for getting Asian votes in Irvine. 

Newgent notes his wife is Asian and legally immigrated from the Philippines at the age of 25.

Night asks about special needs children, particularly autistic children.

Newgent gives the example of a special needs child whose mother he is working with who runs into the street, and he is pushing for hedges to prevent the child from running.

Night asks about spending and bonds.

Newgent is outraged by the school board saying they lack money and needed a bond, yet they approved $150,000 for high school student parties.

Huang asks how many bonds there are.

Newgent says there is only the measure that passed in June.

Huang asks about his safety plan in 30 seconds.

Newgent expresses concerns about visitor sign-in, lack of car bomb plans, lack of drop-off and pick-up plans, and runs out of time.

Night moves and Gordon seconds recommending Newgent for endorsement.

NEWGENT RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR IRVINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 4-0-3 (Lalloway, Matthews, and Young absent).

Next up is Ocean View School District.

Kathryn Gonzalez is a lifelong Republican. She works professionally in finance. She warns the teachers union controls the board. She opposes Measure R, the district bond. She wants the district it live within its means.

Norm Westwell is a former two-time Board member. He was President of the Board in 2010. He was on the Huntington Beach City Services Commission. He was a lifelong Libertarian until Donald Trump brought him into the Republican Party in 2015. He ran unsuccessfully for city council six times. This is his fourth school board race. He ran against Tom Harman for Assembly. He says he is fiscally responsible and opposes the district’s reckless deficit spending.

Night asks what they will do to ensure responsible spending if the bond passes.

Westwell says the bonds are for facilities. He fears that with the fungibility of money that salary and benefits spending from the general fund will be increased and backfilled. He will fight that.

Gonzalez will take misspending to the public if she cannot stop the misspending.

Night asks how they will work with the three incumbents who are not up for election.

Westwell says they can flip the Board members because they are rather wishy washy followers of the President who is up for election this year.

Gonzalez points to the book, Getting to Yes. She wants to persuade them by making them think they’ve won something.

Huang asks about whether they would use marijuana tax money to pay down bonds and for school construction like in Colorado.

Gonzalez wants to research the issue but wants to minimize impacts on taxpayers.

Westwell argues the state underfunds schools.

Gordon says Colorado just uses the marijuana tax money to backfill like the California did with the lottery.

Fuentes asks about the candidates.

Gonzalez says the incumbent is the sole Democrat and is in a slate with another Republican.

However, Babbitt says actually there are three Democrats and two Republicans for two seats, with the two Republicans being Gonzalez and Westwell.

Gordon moves and Night seconds recommending Gonzalez and Westwell for endorsement.

GONZALEZ AND WESTWELL RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT 4-0-3 (Lalloway, Matthews, and Young absent).

Intermission.

Next up is Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.

Babbitt says there are five Republicans running and one independent. There are three incumbents and three challengers. The three challengers are seeking the endorsement.

Susi Khan speaks of the three challengers being active in schools and all three have spoken against Common Core at both the school board and the Orange County Board of Education. She has three children.

Helen Kingsbury’s son attended public school when it switched to Common Core. She says the district staff failed to realize Common Core was being implemented when she asked about it.
Irene Yezback is an alternate on Central Committee to Karla Downing. She is a 24-year resident of Yorba Linda. She is a business owner and parent. The three of them decided to run because no one else stepped up to challenge the incumbents.

Robert Hammond and Deborah Pauly decide that Hammond will speak for the candidates. Hammond says all three, especially Khan, were key to helping him fight Common Core on the County Board of Education. He says they uncovered Superintendent Al Mijares’s financial incentives to support Common Core.

Brett Barbre opposes them, noting the three have been active in divisive organizations that have battled for recalls of City Councilmembers and Water Board Members.

Night asks for more discussion of Common Core.

Yezback notes declining scores from Common Core. She says prior curriculum authors have refused to sign off on Common Core.

Khan expresses concern about Islam being taught. She says publishers have investors who are pushing Islam to be in a positive light. She says that compromises national security.

Kingsbury says 40% of Common Core is social-emotional learning and 60% academics. She wants to support teachers as content experts instead of being confined to Common Core. She says Planned Parenthood is behind Common Core’s new sexual education standards.

Night asks about LGBT education at younger ages.

Yezbak says schools should teach academics and parents should teach social-emotional.

Kingsbury says LGBT issues should be discussed at home, not school. She wants permission slips so parents are aware of what issues are at school.

Khan is a nurse and says children are too young to learn about these issues because they are not developmentally ready. She says the opt-out option for parents on the California Healthy Kids Survey is buried in documents, so parents don’t know to opt-out.

Huang asked about bonds.

Yezbak points to a $22 million bond in 2008. She says no payment is due until 2028, with massive interest.

Huang asks about the PYLUSD bond that was featured in the Orange County Register that would reach $1 billion with interest.

Kingsbury opposes the go-along, go-along attitude of the Board.

Huang asks about other revenue sources to pay off the bond.

Khan says schools waste enormous sums of money. She wants to use existing funds and cut elsewhere. She opposes any new taxes.

Huang asks if each signed the Yorba Linda City Council recall petition and the Yorba Linda Water District recall petition.

All three think they did sign the city council recall petition but are uncertain. All three also signed the water board recall petition.

Gordon says he has watched them in action at the County Board of Education and admires their work.

Khan says she is not a member of any recall group but did sign the petition.

Fuentes asks what organization backs the recall and if they were involved.

Barbre says it was YLRRR and morphed into YLTA.

All three say they were not involved.

Night asks if they will agree to reduce the salary of the next superintendent.

Night moves and Gordon seconds to recommend all three, with Night noting the incumbents have a terrible record on fiscal issues and Common Core.

Huang is concerned they have no plan to replace Common Core, and she is concerned they have sought to recall endorsed Republican incumbents in good standing in Yorba Linda.

Gordon asks why did each sign the petition.

Yezbak argues there is too much growth in the city; she calls it irresponsible. She claims 12 projects were going on at once.

Huang says there were only 2 projects on 12 properties.

Khan says the water rates were “exuberant” and that there was irresponsible spending.

Kingsbury says Republican bickering allows Democrats to win. She says she invited Gene Hernandez and Craig Young to speak with them about Common Core, and the conversation went well.

Fuentes feels conflicted because the three are excellent in education issues, but they have taken dicey positions on City Council and Water Board.

Night amends his motion and Huang seconds for neutrality.

NEUTRALITY RECOMMENDED FOR PLACENTIA-YORBA LINDA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 3-1-3 (Gordon dissenting, Lalloway and Young absent).

Intermission.

Next up is Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 6.

Evan Chaffee is a lifelong Orange County resident. He was precinct director for the OC GOP. He was once Mike Munzing’s alternate on Central Committee. He was national youth president for the Boy Scouts of America (blogger paraphrase; I didn’t catch the whole title). He was a San Juan Capistrano Planning Commissioner. He speaks of being approached to run because of his consensus builder approach on the Planning Commission. He calls on more water storage and conservation technology.

Night says he is uncomfortable with consultants serving in elected office. He wonders about working with his clients in elected office or opponents in elected office.

Chaffee says it is important to understand different perspectives. He says most of his business is outside politics now. He argues he has strong relationships.

Night says there is not enough of an effort to influence water distribution. He asks what Chaffee would do to help pursue legislative changes and other ways to resolve this.

Chaffee calls for utilizing new technologies to enhance the water supply. He says it is important to take federal action; he worked in DC on Capitol Hill for one year.

Night asks about Chaffee’s philosophy of pay at the Water District for himself and administrators.

Chaffee says MWDOC members are more than adequately paid. He wants to sit down with staff to figure out how to reconfigure meeting pay. He wants to do a market rate analysis to set staff pay to retain good staff but not be exhorbitant.

Huang asks about water usage.

Chaffee notes Orange County has exceeded the Governor’s goals for water conservation. He speaks of maintaining multiple sources of water and investing in multiple options.

Night asks about the candidates.

Babbitt says there are two Republicans, one Democrat, and one independent, with no incumbent.

Night questions doing a comparison of salaries with other government agencies as circular logic.

Chaffee explains he would look at a wide geographic region.

Night is troubled by looking at other government agencies, but Night moves and Huang seconds to recommend endorsing Chaffee.

Fuentes is unconcerned about the consultant issue since Chaffee is honest. However, he does not want to endorse when there are multiple Republicans.

CHAFFEE RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR MWDOC DIVISION 6 BY A VOTE OF 3-1-3 (Fuentes dissenting, Lalloway and Young absent).

Next up is Orange County Water District, Division 3.

Roger Yoh has been the incumbent since 2004. He is a licensed professional engineer. He says he is a fiscal conservative and that his district is one of just two that is defined contribution (401(k)-style plans) rather than defined benefit (pensions). He talks about the safety of the water supply and efforts to clean up plumes in Fullerton.

Fuentes asks about the candidates.

There are two Republicans running: incumbent Roger Yoh and La Palma Councilman Peter Kim. Kim has applied for an October endorsement.

Night asks why Yoh left the Republican Party.

Yoh says he thought about applying for a Director of External Affairs position for LA and Ventura Counties for Caltrans. He switched to independent to improve his application chances. He decided not to apply. He switched back to Republican for the primary.

Huang asks how Yoh can get the money for the clean-up since there was already a settlement.

Yoh goes through a lengthy explanation of a complex legal-engineering issue.

Huang asks why it took so long for OCWD to seek EPA help.

Yoh says a powerful organization is involved. He says there is a path going forward at the table with the largest responsible party, OCWD, DTSC, and EPA.

Huang asks about desalination.

Yoh says we’re not there yet. He wants to further develop the Groundwater Replenishment System. He wants to use other efforts to get more groundwater. He feels OCWD should not get into desalination because it is really more the jurisdiction of MWDOC and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Yoh notes Orange County needs to import far less water than San Diego County. He says it doesn’t make sense to use OCWD resources to put potable water into desalination.

Huang asks if Yoh voted with Republicans or Democrats on the term sheet with Poseidon.

Yoh isn’t sure the affiliation if his colleagues.

Huang asks if he voted with Jan Flory.

Yoh says he did because the numbers did not work for OCWD.

Huang argues he was the sole Republican to vote with the Democrats in May 2015 on the term sheet with Poseidon.

Fuentes is concerned he became an independent because his boss told him to and then switched back to Republican before seeking the endorsement.

Huang moves for neutrality, citing the desalination issue and votes. She doesn’t think desalination should be the sole solution but should be a solution.

Fuentes wants to hear from Peter Kim.

As an aside, Night notes Kim should be well aware of the endorsement process.

NEUTRALITY RECOMMENDED FOR OCWD DIVISION 3 BY A 4-0-3 VOTE (Lalloway, Matthews, Young absent).

Next up are the Yorba Linda Water District recall replacement candidates.

Bob Wren has lived in Yorba Linda since 1975 and bought a home there in 1995. He was an Orange County Sheriff’s Lieutenant who was Chief of Police Services for Yorba Linda. He opposes the Yorba Linda Water District recall. He argues the water board had to act because of the drought.

Eileen Barme has lived in Yorba Linda for 14 years. She agrees with Wren. She tires of the millions of dollars spent on unsuccessful recalls in Yorba Linda. She opposes the recall and hopes she is not elected in this race. She has decades of business experience.

Night asks about their water experience.

Barme was appointed to two terms by the City Council on the Landscape Maintenance Assessment District.

Wren has experience with government agencies and crises with his career in the Sheriff’s Department.

Night moves for neutrality because the party opposes the recall.

Huang moves and Gordon seconds recommending Wren and Barme because they are backed by the recall opponents.

BARME AND WREN RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR THE YLWD REPLACEMENT CANDIDATES 3-1-3 (Fuentes dissenting, Lalloway, Matthews, and Young absent).

Next up is Coast Community College District, Trustee Area 2.

Vong Xavier Nguyen (definitely no relation to this blogger) says he has lived in Orange County since he was 3 years old. He went to Coastline Community College and USC. He wants more diversity on the Board. He notes Area 2 is Asian majority. He worked with the trustees as a student.

Night asks about speakers on college campuses.

Nguyen believes speakers should not speak on political issues on campus. He wants permits for speakers for free speech spaces. He wants students to get approval for speakers from campus advisors and administrators.

Night asks why Nguyen wants to be a trustee.

Nguyen says he has been an advocate for public schools. He wants to represent his area and wants to run for diversity. He supports districting to allow more minorities to be elected. He attacks incumbent Jerry Patterson for voting to withdraw US troops from Vietnam while in Congress.

Huang asks how long Nguyen was a Democrat since he became a Republican this month.

Nguyen says since he was 18.

Huang asks if he was elected to the Democratic Central Committee in June.

Nguyen says he will not take that seat.

Huang asks when he joined the various Republican organizations on his application.

Nguyen says he joined the USC College Republicans in 2012 and the other organizations in 2016.

Huang asks about bonds.

Nguyen says there was one bond, Measure M, which he opposed.

Huang asks if he would take marijuana tax money if Prop 64 passes.

Nguyen says only if the district enters a deficit.

Gordon is troubled by the party switches and the endorsements from Elizabeth Parker and David Boyd.

Nguyen says Parker has provided moral support while Boyd helped provide legal support in the past.

Fuentes asks why he ran for the Democratic Central Committee and how he was a registered Democrats in the USC College Republicans.

Nguyen says he ran because his friends said it was an open seat. He said he failed to reregister.

Gordon is concerned about numerous Democrats that Nguyen seems to support on Facebook.

Nguyen says he prefers Correa over Bao Nguyen.

Gordon expresses numerous concerns about Nguyen.

Fuentes moves and Gordon seconds for neutrality, citing how foolish it would be for the OC GOP to endorse someone who was just elected to the Democratic Central Committee.

NEUTRALITY RECOMMENDED FOR COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT, TRUSTEE AREA 2 BY A VOTE OF 4-0-3 (Lalloway, Matthews, and Young absent).

Last up is San Clemente.

Dan Bane has already been endorsed while Bob Baker was not.

Steven Swartz is not present but apparently waited over an hour for a phone call.

Babbitt suggests the committee do a phone call with Swartz before Central Committee at 6:30 PM.

NEUTRALITY RECOMMENDED FOR SWARTZ UNLESS HE IS REACHED BY PHONE BY ENDORSEMENT.

Meeting adjourn 1 hour, 20 minutes late.

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